To successfully combat existing health disparities and the social and economic inequities that fuel them, we must remove the barriers that stop transformative public health solutions from making the leap between the classroom and the community.
Firefly embraces a new model of research and development focused on—driving innovation, teaching entrepreneurship, and leveraging strategic science.
Designathons are fast-paced, interactive days where a select group of public health entrepreneurs and contributors come together to generate and refine innovative solutions. Each Designathon is organized around a given theme and the most promising solutions are presented to a panel of judges for awards and are eligible for continued support from Firefly Innovations.
Learn more and apply to the Designathon: Ending the HIV Epidemic
The annual Accelerator helps entrepreneurs transform early-stage ideas and prototypes into market-ready ventures with public health impact embedded in business models. All online. At no cost.
Our unique 10-week venture-building program consists of both learning and doing, and is tailored to each venture team’s needs and sector of focus.
At the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, we are training a new generation of public health entrepreneurs.
This graduate studio course seeks to expand the students’ toolbox to incorporate entrepreneurial methods to innovate public health solutions.
Venture teams with:
We encourage startups from any sector to apply, whether they are nonprofit, for profit, or hybrid ventures. There is no equity requirement.
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